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OSHA Fines Patterson-UTI for Deadly Oklahoma Gas Rig Explosion

Safety failures triggered a massive explosion at a Patterson-UTI drilling site in eastern Oklahoma earlier this year, causing five workers to die of severe burns and blast injuries. Now federal regulators have assessed penalties of more than $118,000 for UTI-Patterson and two other companies involved with the drilling site. The explosion and subsequent fire occurred Jan. 22 on a Patterson-UTI drilling rig near Quinton, Oklahoma. It was the largest and deadliest drilling blast to occur since BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The remains of the five workers who died in the explosion were ... Read More

Two Workers Suffer Burn Injuries in Utah Gas Plant Explosion

Two workers suffered severe burns and other injuries when a natural gas compression facility in Eastern Utah exploded on the morning of July 28. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the blast at the compression plant, located near the town of Cisco, Utah, about 50 miles west of Grand Junction, Colorado. Lt. Beau Edic of the Lower Valley Fire Protection District told The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel that despite their burns and other significant injuries, the men “removed themselves” from the blast site and drove to I-70, where they were evacuated to hospitals by helicopter. One of the ... Read More

Some Hyundai and Kia Drivers Reporting Flames, Explosions

Federal auto safety regulators said they are “reviewing” reports that certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles are catching fire for unknown reasons, sometimes burning into unusable, charred ruins. That’s what happened to a Virginia woman’s 2012 Kia Soul. Michelle Belcher told Richmond’s WTVR Channel 6 that her son Bailey was driving the Kia Soul home from work when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and pulled over. Outside the vehicle, he noticed the glow of fire underneath the vehicle and  “the whole car went up in flames, it was crazy,” Bailey Belcher told WVTR. Neither Hyundai, which owns about a ... Read More

Letterkenny Army Depot Blast Kills One, Injures Four Others

Investigators are working to determine what caused an explosion that killed one person and injured four others inside the Letterkenny Army Depot in south-central Pennsylvania last week. The explosion occurred in what Letterkenny depot officials called the “production paint kitchen” of the sprawling facility, where the Army has stored ammunition, missiles, and other weapons since 1942. According to a WHTM ABC27 reporter in Harrisburg, two employees on fire ran “out of a building screaming” and one suffered from chemical burns. The three employees were airlifted to a hospital for treatment, where one who sustained severe burn injuries in the explosion ... Read More

NYC Steam Pipe Explosion Covers Fifth Ave. In Asbestos

A massive steam pipe explosion in the middle of New York City’s Flatiron District Thursday morning miraculously left just five people with minor injuries, but it’s the asbestos debris released by the blast that city officials are most concerned about. Fifty buildings around the epicenter of the explosion at Fifth Ave. near 21st St. were evacuated out of concern that asbestos dust may have gotten into ventilation systems and conditioners. The 20-inch high-pressure steam pipe is lined with asbestos, city officials confirmed. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the air in the immediate vicinity of the blast is safe and ... Read More

E-Cigarette Blast Causes Severe Facial Injuries To Illinois Woman

An Illinois woman was seriously injured when an e-cigarette exploded in her face at an e-cig shop in Machesney Park, Illinois, Monday. North Park Fire Chief Joel Hallstrom told Rockford Illinois’ WIFR 23 that the injured woman was taken to the hospital with a “significant facial injury.” A WIFR reporter tweeted about the incident at 12:39 p.m. Monday, saying the woman was being taken to the hospital after an e-cigarette “’blows off’ her face.” Report: Woman en route to hospital after e-cig "blows off" her face, police on scene at 631 Harlem Rd smoke shop — Jessie Schlacks (@23newsJessie) June ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion Suspected In Florida Man’s Death

Authorities in Florida believe a St. Petersburg man died from blast injuries he sustained from an e-cigarette malfunction Saturday, May 5. According to the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Fire Rescue unit responding to a fire just north of downtown St. Petersburg found the 38-year-old man, identified as Tallmadge D’Elia, dead in his 19th Ave. North home with “multiple injuries to his face.” The explosion reportedly started a fire in a room of the house. Investigators said they are uncertain whether Mr. D’Elia died from injuries he suffered directly in the explosion or from the resulting fire. If authorities confirm ... Read More

California Man Suffers Devastating Burns in E-Cigarette Explosion

A California man is suing the world’s leading battery manufacturer over severe burn injuries he suffered when his e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket. According to the Los Angeles Times, 26-year-old Erik Howell of Glendale filed the personal injury lawsuit against LG Chem, the Korean chemical company that owns the lion’s share of the world’s battery market, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Howell alleges an LG Chem battery for his e-cigarette “violently exploded” in the front left pocket of his pants Jan. 15, setting his clothes on fire. The white-hot flames from the battery severely burned his legs and ... Read More

Maryland Teen Blasted by E-Cigarette Battery

A Maryland teen suffered serious burn injuries when her e-cigarette exploded and set fire to her clothes. The Kent Island Bay Times and Record Observer reported that the 19-year-old resident of Cloverfields, Maryland, was retrieving an e-cigarette from her purse when it exploded in her hand March 16. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said the woman tossed the e-cigarette away from her, but the initial explosion set fire to her clothing. Fortunately, the woman was at home and her father helped her remove the burning clothes and put out the fire. The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview ... Read More

Natural Gas Explosions Rock Dallas Community, Killing 12-Year-Old Girl

Three natural gas explosions in the same Dallas neighborhood in two days, including a blast that killed a 12-year-old girl the morning of Feb. 23 and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, are being investigated by federal authorities. The Friday explosion in the Northwest Dallas community just north of Dallas Love Field International Airport killed 12-year-old Linda Rogers, known to her friends and family as Michelita, and injured four of her family members. The explosion also destroyed the home, covering surrounding homes with rubble and debris. According to the Associated Press, firefighters arrived at the scene Friday night to ... Read More